Does It Again. HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE HOLLYWOOD Dun It has achieved yet another milestone in his storied career. Even after his passing in 2005, he continues to break records, and now the legendary sire has become the second NRHA Six Million Dollar Sire (Topsail Whiz was the first). Hollywood Dun Its offspring can be found in the winner's circle virtually worldwide. Whether ridden by a professional, non pro, or youth, his get have been stellar in the sport of Reining. Six of his offspring have earned in excess of $100,000 in NRHA Lifetime Earnings (see sidebar). His foals have won many notable reining events including the NRHA Futurity, NRHA Derby, All American Quarter Horse Congress Reining Futurity, and National Reining Breeders Classic. They've qualified for and won Gold Medals in Fédération Equestre Internationale and United States Equestrian Federation competition, as well as breed association world championships. Hollywood Dun It (Hollywood Jac 86 x Blossom Berry) passed away at the age of 22. The celebrated sire was owned by McQuay/Easton LLC, a partnership comprised of NRHA Two Million Dollar Rider Tim McQuay and his wife, Colleen McQuay of Tioga, Texas, along with partner Jennifer Easton of St. Mary's Point, Minnesota. The decision to put 'Dun It' down was difficult. McQuay noted, "He's been a part of our family, and a part of our lives, for a lot of years." The memory of Hollywood Dun It is alive through a painting commissioned byVaughn Zimmerman. The original painting was donated by the artist Sherrill Brooke, Zimmerman, and Jerry Kimmel and graces the NRHA International Headquarters in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Sales from limited edition, signed, and numbered prints benefit the Reining Horse Sports Foundation. For Timand Colleen, Hollywood Dun It was a dream come true. Tim showed the flashy dun stallion in the 1986 NRHA Futurity, where they placed reserve, and won the 1987 NRHA Derby open championship. When he discovered Dun Its owner Gwen Steif was selling the horse, Tim wanted to buy him, but the $100,000 price tag was a little steep. However, Colleen, convinced him they couldn't let the opportunity slip away, and with a little creative financing, the McQuays became Dun It's owners in 1987. Although Dun It had proven himself in the show pen, Tim knew if the stallion was to be successful in the breeding shed, his offspring would have to be just as talented as their sire and that wouldn't be known until they were started under saddle. "When we bought Dun It as a four-year-old, we were on a grace period," Tim said. "He was so beautiful and athletic and attracted a lot of attention so we had a lot of people who wanted to breed to him. I figured we had three years to pay for him and to see if he was a sire." It didn't take long with Melodys Dun It, a stallion from Dun Its first foal crop born in 1989, finishing third in the 1992 NRHA Futurity open finals. The next year's Futurity saw the palomino stallion's full brother, Dunnit Like A Cowboy, winning the open reserve title. In all, Dun Its first two foal crops earned more than $200,000. "It was just easy going from there," Tim said. By the time Dun It was 16, he became the youngest NRHA sire at the time to reach the million-dollar mark. He was the first Two Million Dollar Sire (2000), Three Million Dollar Sire (2002), Four Million Dollar Sire (2004), and Five Million Dollar Sire (2007). "We've bred a few mares with frozen semen but nothing like we used to when he was alive," Tim said. "Dun It has gone above and beyond what a person can expect. We're just looking forward to seven million now." And without a doubt, Dun Its' legacy will continue. Tim will be riding his six-year-old son, Hollywoodstinseltown, as part of Team USA in the 2010Alltech® FEI World Equestrian Games. Owned by David Silva, the palomino stallion has lifetime earnings of almost $170,000. "It's very gratifying for me to take a son of Dun It to the World Equestrian Games," Tim said. "It makes you feel so proud of Dun It, and I'm so proud of the horse I'll be showing, too. He's another superstar, I think, but we'll just have to see what his babies ride like."
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